How to get started with AI
Are you ready to try using AI but have no idea where to start? This blog shares great resources and a few easy ways to get started!
Welcome to the second installment of our "AI for Dummies" blog series! In our previous post, we introduced the concept of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its real-world applications. Now, it's time to take the next step and explore how you can get started with AI yourself. Don't worry if you're completely new to this space. This guide is designed to help beginners navigate the exciting world of AI with ease. So, let's dive in and learn how to get your hands dirty!
Getting started with AI
Embarking on your AI journey is exciting but can be overwhelming. Here are some simple steps you can take to get started:
- Connect with others in the space: Join AI communities, forums, and online groups to mingle with fellow enthusiasts and experts. You'll find a supportive network, guidance on new tech, answers to your questions, and uncover awesome resources. Keep up with the latest buzz by following AI-focused blogs (like us 😉) and subscribing to newsletters. Stay curious and updated on new tech, groundbreaking research, and mind-blowing applications. You’ll find a list of our favorite newsletters below.
- Play around with AI Tools: Dive into the AI playground and experiment with various tools and platforms. One tool that's making waves right now is ChatGPT—it's like a supercharged chatbot that anyone can use for free! It's incredible how it can answer any question and assist you. Start with something fun, like asking ChatGPT to generate a recipe with ingredients you need to use or suggest a new book for you to read based on other books you like. Over time, you will start to think of more complex tasks for it and get used to asking it questions.
- Use AI to automate your work: This may seem scary if you're just getting started with AI, but once you start experimenting with some tools, you'll quickly get used to using them. You can use AI to help you with tedious tasks, allowing you to focus on more creative or strategic work. Imagine you are a customer success manager and get tons of customer data daily that needs to be organized and categorized. Using AI-powered software, you can extract relevant information from documents or spreadsheets and automatically populate databases, saving time from manual work and improving accuracy.
Some of our favorite newsletters:
- Respell - AI For Dummies - You probably already know this, but we are a guide for beginners to navigate the AI space. We break down complex topics into simple terms in a weekly blog.
- Ben’s Bites - Top AI product launches and stories from the past 24 hours in a 5-minute daily digest.
- Superhuman - Daily newsletter on leveraging AI to boost your productivity and accelerate your career.
- The AI Exchange - All about AI Operations: how to understand and apply AI to your work.
Why play around with AI and use ChatGPT
Here are 5 reasons why.
- Unleash your imagination: ChatGPT is like having a super-smart friend who can develop great ideas and suggestions. Ask it to plan your next vacation, and be amazed at how quickly it can suggest fantastic destinations, activities, and even the best local restaurants. It's a fun and creative way to use AI and let your imagination run wild.
- Tap into a world of knowledge: With AI, you have access to a vast amount of information. Have a question about the universe, history, or anything else? Just ask ChatGPT, and it'll do its best to provide your answers. It's like having a personal research assistant who can find online information in seconds.
- Get personalized assistance: Ever wished you had someone to help you with everyday tasks? From recommending movies to suggesting recipes or offering fashion advice, ChatGPT can do it. It adapts to your preferences and learns from interactions, providing personalized suggestions tailored just for you.
- Enhance your decision-making: Making decisions can sometimes be challenging. AI can lend a hand by analyzing options, weighing pros and cons, and offering insights to help you make informed choices. Whether you're picking a new outfit, deciding on a meal plan, or considering career options.
- Accessible and user-friendly: One of the best things about ChatGPT specifically is its accessibility. You don't need to be a coding wizard or an AI expert to get started. It's designed to be user-friendly, allowing anyone, regardless of their technical background, to interact with AI easily. You can jump right in, ask questions, and explore its capabilities without barriers.
How to start using AI applications
Once you've dipped your toes into the world of AI, it's time to explore its exciting applications. One great way to start is by using ChatGPT, a user-friendly AI tool that opens up a world of possibilities. The simplicity of ChatGPT makes it accessible to anyone; it’s literally a chatbot.
You can access it here → https://chat.openai.com/
ChatGPT is your personal AI assistant, ready to answer questions and engage in conversation. Just imagine having a knowledgeable companion at your fingertips, available 24/7. Whether you need help with homework, want to brainstorm ideas, or simply seek entertainment.
Start off by using it for fun. Give it a go by asking it to plan your next vacation, and you'll be amazed at how quickly it can whip up some fantastic suggestions in seconds.
Here’s an example of a prompt you can give to ChatGPT:I'm looking for assistance in planning a trip to Lake Como, Italy. I would like to visit for a duration of two weeks in September, and I'm flexible with the exact dates. I'm seeking accommodations of mid-quality rather than luxury. Please help me find the best flight options from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Lake Como, recommend suitable hotels, and provide an itinerary of activities and attractions for my trip.
The simplicity and accessibility of ChatGPT make it an excellent tool for personal and professional use. Whether you're a student seeking assistance with your studies or a professional looking for quick information.
But believe it or not, there is more than just ChatGPT. There are platforms that allow you to build your own custom AI workflows without any coding knowledge, where you can automate daily processes such as replying to emails. These platforms are incredibly accessible, making it possible for anyone to dive into the world of AI and create their own unique applications.
Respell falls under this category - allowing you to bring your ideas to life with fun and interactive AI-powered applications.
I actually created a really simple spell(app) on Respell. The spell gives you recipes based on the ingredients you currently have in your fridge, helping you reduce food waste! It was incredibly easy to create, and I wanted to make something fun yet useful and the benefit is I don’t need to rewrite a prompt in ChatGPT every time.
Feel free to try it out for dinner tonight!
Playing with AI and using ChatGPT can bring you many benefits. You can tap into the power of AI, be creative, learn new things, get personalized help, and make better decisions. So, why not try and leverage AI as a tool?
If you believe that AI will take over the world and you choose not to use it, that's perfectly fine as well. 😅
As the saying goes, “Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer,” so it might be worth trying AI to understand what you're up against.
To sum up, there are many ways to start playing with AI. Join AI communities, experiment with easy-to-use tools such as ChatGPT, and keep up with the latest advancements to explore this technology. The best way to learn is to try it out.